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Employer's first aid responsibilities Under the Health and Safety Regulations 1981, an employer is required to provide equipment and facilities that are adequate and appropriate for enabling first aid to be given to employees if they are injured or become ill at work. The five most common scenarios when people need first aid include : severe bleeding choking heart attack unconscious but breathing unconscious and not breathing. There is no fixed level for the provision of first aid but each employer must assess what facilities and personnel are appropriate. You must consider: workplace hazards and risks the size of the organisation